Personna (1989) Personna is a work based on the notion that in etymology the word persona is connected to the Greek word prosopon what means mask (from the Etruscan word phersu; face mask). It also means "what is in front " or "appearance” what connects the word to the wide spread habit to speak about the real in terms of "appearing in front" (Vorstellen) as the result of a certain intellectual activity. This activity should construct an image of reality as something that is been (pro)pos(ition)ed in front of the eye. It adapts the assumption that all what is true should at be least based on a congruence between 'seeing' and 'knowing'. I wanted to argue this limited view on truth and reality through the work by questioning the effect of this coherence as how it is being produced by this so-called oculaircentric discourse. In combination with the technique of mathematical perspective it creates this coherent and unified or homogeneous picture of the world as if been observed through a looking glass or window.
This anthropocadric construction mirrors a certain kind of subjectivity: a 14th century based exclamation of the artistic subject or (social) persona as a from the world detached autonomuous person. A persona who is presumed to occupy a from society alienated free space (or the so-called critical outside). And also the idea that this subjectivity, in 'retrospect' reflects a homogeneous and coherent image of identity. The aspect of the mask carries out the idea that subjects are capable to play different roles in different situations and even ones that are in a becoming state. The fine cutting of the dominant image of subjectivity in many parts and sop creating a fragmented image is resembled in the (accidentally found) brand of a vanished company that produced shaving commodities. The wall painted shape refers to a letter envelope for its connotation with "enveloping" and "developing" in regard of the construction of an image of reality.

Specifications Dimensions: 0.40m. by 0.80m. Material: Wallpainting, Valganised plate with silkscreen print, Industrial fixing system, glass.

Exhibited: Apunto Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland (1989), Cintrik Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (1991).

Owned by: Cast & Cast Foundation, Amsterdam, Holland